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"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides..From "Commonplace Book" by Thomas Jefferson.
Well, I just got some numbers from an online recoil calculator. Using moderate loads for both 45 acp and 40 S&W.....and 200 grain bullets for the 45, 180 grain for the 40. As for gun weight, which figures into the calculations, I used the published weight of the 145, rounded off to 23 ozs. That weight, by the way, does NOT include the weight of cartridges.
Anyway, the results were as follows: 40 S&W = 8.44 lbs/ft
45 ACP = 7.68 lbs/ft
So, the 40 produces (in this example), about 9.9 % more recoil. Not a huge difference, after all.
NOTHING is ever fixed by breaking it.........
I have both a PT140 and a PT145. The 40 cal does have a little more bite in its recoil.
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I am partial to the 45 caliber. Have 2 Rugers & a Rossi M-92 in the 45 colt. and Springfield XD-45, Ruger P-345 & my PT-145 and love the way they all shoot. My wife's favorite is the Ruger P-345 due to the size of the gripe. She also hates heavy recoiling guns. So you can't go wrong with the 45 acp.....
I also have both and the 40 sw is a little snapper but not uncontrollable. I love both and use them for ccw. Switching every every month to let my mags rest.
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24/7 OSS DS 45 ACP
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To borrow a phrase from Clint Eastwood, "You have to ask yourself..."
Q: What 101 year old handgun bench mark defensive caliber are all others compared to?
A: The .45 ACP
The late Lt.Col. Jeff Cooper and all of today's gun gurus swear by it, countless magazines, books and movies have been devoted to it...and famous Generals like Patton flaunt them.
Not so with .40 S&W.
Don't mess with success, chose the PT145 in .45 ACP.
It's better, more accurate and a "softer" shooter too.
It was an easy choice for me b/w the PT140 & the PT145 because their mags hold the same number of rounds (10) and therefore I got the PT145. I still like the PT140, though, so I will get 1 some day.